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Finger Knitting Workshops on Thursdays

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The seat of IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA orga­ni­za­tion (67, Bule­var vojvode Ste­pe St, Novi Sad) will be the venue of the first with­in a cycle of FINGER KNITTING  work­shops. The first in a series of work­shops has been sched­uled for Thurs­day, 5 Feb­ru­ary 2015 at 16 h. The atten­dance is free. The work­shop leader is Maja Lulić, a ped­a­gogist and cre­ative asso­ciate of …IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA. The work­shops are sup­port­ed by of the Provin­cial Sec­re­tari­at for Econ­o­my, Employ­ment and Gen­der Equal­i­ty. Each work­shop lasts for 120 min­utes (with a tea and women’s chat break), while the entire course (of mas­ter­ing the knit­ting tech­nique at the begin­ners’ lev­el) will include eight work­shops. Groups will involve 5–8 par­tic­i­pants (8 – because it resem­bles a dou­ble loop). If you would like to be one of them, let us know at office@izkrugavojvodina.org.

Why do we rec­om­mend this work­shop? Because it requires noth­ing but a piece of thread and some patience. It is a good fin­ger gym­nas­tics. It inspires cre­ativ­i­ty. It lit­er­al­ly keeps your hands busy and mind calm. It is cre­ative, fun and wom­an­ly. No, it is noth­ing like Penelope’s doing – we are wait­ing for noth­ing, but are (lit­er­al­ly) hold­ing the thread of our work in our hands. Just like Ari­ad­na, we keep bring­ing our­selves out of the labyrinth (of every­day rou­tine). And because so many of the Ancient Greek wis­dom god­dess­es are mas­ter weavers…

Con­tem­po­rary neu­ro­log­i­cal research con­firm the (myth­i­cal and sup­pressed) under­stand­ing of fine rela­tions between the skill of knit­ting and men­tal growth. Exper­i­ments have shown that prac­tic­ing dex­ter­i­ty of hand mus­cles can stim­u­late men­tal activ­i­ty. Rhyth­mi­cal activ­i­ty of knit­ting leads into a state of calm­ness, engages the will for cre­ation, insti­gates pro­duc­tiv­i­ty. Each arm hav­ing its task, both brain lobes’ activ­i­ties syn­chro­nize, just like the con­trol of eyes over hands. Fol­low­ing the inter­twined thread (loops and knots) is anal­o­gous to fol­low­ing one’s own thoughts. It is all log­i­cal, is it not? Addi­tion­al­ly, each skill mas­tered brings about a new (nec­es­sary) dosage of self-respect.

You can most cer­tain­ly stay at home and try count­ing loops watch­ing a web-tuto­r­i­al. But only until Thurs­day. Then we will learn from Maja how to make scarves, caps and oth­er acces­sories…

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Maja Lulić (1983), BA in ped­a­gogy and a cer­ti­fied assertive­ness train­er with sev­er­al years of activist expe­ri­ence in orga­ni­za­tions advo­cat­ing for the rights of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties. She attend­ed many train­ings in non-vio­lent com­mu­ni­ca­tion, emo­tion­al lit­er­a­cy and lead­er­ship, as well as cre­ative hand­i­crafts.

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